The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online supporters. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. For two decades, NRDC has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 30 people based in our Beijing office, NRDC China Program have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that conserve natural resources, curb pollution and accelerate China's transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. NRDC's Beijing Representative Office is registered under the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and supervised by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking a Program Assistant to work with the China Coal Cap Project team in our Beijing office.

The Program Assistant (PA) will be responsible for supporting the team with project administration and contract management. The PA will play an important role in enhancing the effectiveness of project management and ensuring the integrity of financial operations and reporting.


The Project Manager, Power will be responsible for:

  • Administer the contract process in NRDC’s grants and contracts management system, coordinating with project associates/analysts and the legal department to initiate, maintain, and amend contracts or subgrant agreements, and to close the contracts/subgrants in a timely manner;
  • Centrally process project payments and ensure proper invoicing and disbursement to partners upon satisfactory completion of deliverables;
  • Assist team leaders in the management of project budget and spending. Track project expenditures, provide timely financial analysis to team, and reconcile the program budget internally with team leaders and the accounting department;
  • Assist team leaders in funder reporting;
  • Assist in organizing and coordinating research progress review meetings, including communications before and follow-up after the meetings. Provide logistics support for other meetings, including assembling meeting materials, arranging or providing translation services, taking notes and developing meeting summaries, etc.;
  • Work with team members to monitor and track project progress and ensure on-time delivery of deliverables, and coordinate with and ensure effective communication and collaboration among project partners;
  • Undertake additional tasks and responsibilities as assigned by team leaders, and support colleagues as needed.

  • Bachelor’s Degree required (preferably in public administration, management, English, international development, environment, energy, or a related field)
  • Experience working in the public and/or non-profit sector desired
  • Experience working with Excel, Word and Powerpoint for project management
  • Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality, timelines, and organizational systems
  • Excellent oral and written Chinese and English
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and a team player
  • Care for details, accuracy and high-quality output
  • Self-motivated, and able to work in a fast-paced environment and work under pressure managing multiple tasks to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience.

To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter, in which salary expectation and availability are stated, through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please send an email with the position title in the subject line to hr_bj@nrdc-china.org.

For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org and www.nrdc.cn.

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